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Friday, May 30, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a person suspected of having measles two weeks ago did not have the disease, the Allegheny County Health Department announced Friday.

The health department had warned that people may have been exposed to the virus at an office building, yogurt shop and bank. The negative test by the CDC means it is unlikely anyone was exposed to the disease at those locations, a statement from the health department said.

Guillermo Cole, a department spokesman, said the person had measles-like symptoms and preliminary tests done by a state laboratory came back positive for the disease. It is department practice to issue a public health alert after the preliminary test, so residents who might have been exposed can watch for symptoms, Cole said.

There have been two confirmed cases of measles in Allegheny County this year, one this month and one in February.

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